My name is Timothy Scott Flanders. I am 25 years old. I am young and do not have wisdom, but I seek to gain wisdom from my elders. To this end I have written this blog in order to receive correction and criticism for my thoughts and learn from others (Prov. 10:17).
I have an undergraduate degree in ancient languages from Grand Valley State University. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am a musician, and the music that I make is here. I have had the enormous blessing to be an AmeriCorps member for two years after college. I served with Camp Fire at an after school program where I taught kids in a class of 3rd through 5th graders. I love children. I now work with home schoolers and run a Man Training program for preteen boys.
The greatest passion that motivates me, however, is reconciling myself to my Christian brethren, and helping others reconcile. I have come to know that the greatest sin I have committed is dividing the Body of Christ. As it is written,
There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush to evil,
a false witness who pours out lies,
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
Behold, the man. I pray that these writings and everything I do and think is an act of contrition for this sin. I want to love my brothers and sisters and repent for what I have done to stir up dissension among them. Please rebuke me if in any word written here I do not show a loving and forgiving spirit. In all things, let this be what is said:
I confess to Almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts, in my words, in what I have done and what I have failed to do, by my fault, by my fault, by my most grievous fault. Therefore I ask Blessed Mary every Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.